The 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn 

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26. Best Block For Street Art
Meserole Street between Waterbury and Bogart Streets, Bushwick
This whole rather desolate section of Bushwick sports walls filled with tags and graffiti, but what really sets this block apart is a series of murals by street art stars like Gaia, PaperGirl and Clown Soldier near the corner of Waterbury, all watched over by the ROBOTS crew's "Brooklyn Griffin" sculpture peering down from the roof of the building across the street.

27. Best Block For Wildlife
Shore Parkway between Bay 44th and Bay 56th Streets, Gravesend
This big-ass block is otherwise known as Calvert Vaux Park, a south Brooklyn shoreline destination for the borough's birders.


28. Best Block That's Not Actually in Brooklyn
The Beach at Fort Tilden
Murray Hill is to Southampton as Bushwick is to Fort Tilden.

29. Best Block For Pretending it's the 1870s
Argyle Road between Beverley and Cortelyou Roads, Ditmas Park
Unless you can think of a more representative Ditmas Park block filled with pristine Victorian Homes...

30. Best Block For Pretending it's the 1930s
"Little" Street at the corner of Evans Street
Tucked between the outskirts of Vinegar Hill and the Navy Yard, behind wrought-iron gates, sits the Commandant's Mansion. The driveway is filled with vintage cars from the 30s and 40s and Don Corleone could walk out at any minute.

31. Best Block For Pretending it's the 1970s
Clinton Ave between Park and Flushing Aves, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Sandwiched between the still mostly inactive Brooklyn Navy Yard and the elevated portion of the BQE that separates this odd quasi-neighborhood from Clinton Hill, this strip features all your staples of derelict 70s New York streetscapes: overgrown dirt lots, a construction vehicle scrapyard, a cluster of auto-shops, a self-storage facility, and a big warehouse labeled "Bangkok Market."

32. Best Block For Books
Bedford Avenue between N. 6th and N. 7th Streets, Williamsburg
The first L stop has overtaken the NYU Library as the go-to spot for used-book vendors—and to fit in to the neighborhood, they've augmented the Penguin and Vintage paperback favorites with thumbed-through theory and weathered art books.

33. Best Block For Live Music
The City Block Encompassed by Kent, S. 1st and S. 2nd Streets, Williamsburg
Death By Audio on S. 2nd, Glasslands on Kent, Live at the Pyramids on S. 1st. Boom, all you need.

34. Best Block For Records
The City Block Encompassed By Manhattan, Green, Huron and Franklin, Greenpoint
On one side you got Permanent Records and on the other, The Thing. Worth the very short walk.

35. Best All-Purpose Block
North 6th between Berry and Wythe, Williamsburg
Pan-Asian, French or Polish food, live music, toys, records, underwear, American Apparel, furniture, computer help, one-stop grocery shopping... and bars to relax in.

36. Best Block For Home Furnishings
Wythe Ave between S. 1st and Grand Streets, Williamsburg
Williamsburg's furniture row: Cosmos, Two Jakes, and Jon Howell Antiques (Moonriver Chattel, Portmanteau and the Golden Calf are also just a block away).

37. Best Block for Halloween Decorations
Humboldt Street between Nassau and Driggs Aves, Greenpoint
Every year, like witchcraft, Greenpoint's most ghoulish Halloween display emerges from the earth in front of 648 Humboldt—Hannibal Lecter, Jason, Frankenstein, Uncle Fester and dozens more are currently on hand—infecting neighbors up and down the block with an uncontrollable thirst for similarly sinister installations.

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